Fernando Torres has insisted that leaving Chelsea was his choice and that he was not forced out by Jose Mourinho.
The Spaniard looks set to see out his Blues contract with a two-year loan move to AC Milan with the London club having lost patience with him over the summer.
Torres arrived in a record breaking £50m deal from Liverpool during January 2011, but failed to recapture the form he showed at Anfield – where he developed into one of the world’s best strikers during the late 2000s.
Chelsea brought in Diego Costa, Loic Remy and Didier Drogba during the last window, but ‘El Nino’ is adamant that he was not made to leave and that joining Milan was a choice he made:
“Mourinho has always been good to me,” he is quoted by The Metro. “The decision to leave was a personal one because I needed more, I needed to feel important.
“Mourinho and I have a good relationship and still today we continue to talk to each other.”
The 30-year-old was linked with a move to Atletico Madrid in a swap deal with Costa, but returning to his old club was never on the cards:
“There wasn’t a real option to return,
‘They speculated with it and I didn’t like that. I’ve said it many times, I won’t go to Atletico to retire.”